"Flight is the ultimate expression of trust between dragon, rider, and wind."
Miraak, Halai's husband, father of most of her children, and a dragonmaster of Jiaal.
Born in Bokuriki, Miraak was originally the son of a family rivaled with Halai's own, both lines vying for power within Jiaal. When Halai decided their wedding would unify their families and turn their petty squabbling into the strength of combined resources, she knew she'd have to be clever to make the arrangement. Miraak's family would never just give one of their sons away to their rival without some kind of negotiation that would stall the affair while terms were drawn up. Instead, Halai simply invited Miraak and his family to visit the city of Jiaal as guests of the Stahka. Eager to be close to power, the offer was taken at once, and Halai carefully avoided presenting herself as the heir to the Stahka, instead approaching her rival family and intended groom as a local guide who could show them the city.
Under this guise, Halai was able to separate Miraak from the rest of his family, and take him on a particularly special tour; to the top of the Stahka's palace, where Jiaal's dragons came and went with their riders through the place known as Dragon's Roost. Here, Miraak fell utterly in love, charmed by the noble beasts and their airborne grace. Here, too, Halai revealed herself as the Stahka's daughter and heir to the city. She told Miraak that if he wished to live in Jiaal and learn more of dragons, she would wed him and ensure he was free to do so-- but they would need to do so quickly and before his family could attempt to interfere.
In the dawn hours of the very next day, in the middle of the temple square, a royal wedding took place. Halai had told her mother of her plans, and the Stahka made the preparations in the darkness of night. When first light touched the square, glittering off of the spire of Ejis's temple, Halai and Miraak were wed-- all as Miraak's family still slept, unaware that their son had just become the husband of the next Stahka, and that they no longer held any right over his life.
Of the eight children that Halai bore, Miraak is aware that is not the father of all of them. It matters not, as he dotes upon each and takes his role in raising them rather seriously, more so after Halai died.